Saturday, April 29, 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wordless Wednesday 263: A Peaceful Walk

Grady Tract, UW Arboretum, April 23



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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Teaser Tuesday 358: Quilt or Innocence

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week’s teaser is from Quilt or Innocence by Elizabeth Craig.


Noo-Noo's fur stood up on her back and she growled, as if suddenly realizing the source of the [other dog's] concern.

"Beatrice, there's something lying on the ground over there. Near that group of trees," Posy said in a quiet voice.

(Chapter 2)







ABOUT THE BOOK:
Series: Southern Quilting #1

Retired folk art curator Beatrice Coleman knows everything there is to know about quilts, except how to make them. But with her recent move to Dappled Hills, North Carolina, she’s learning all sorts of new things—including how to solve a murder.

As the newest member of the Village Quilters guild, Beatrice has a lot of gossip to catch up on—especially with Posy’s Patchwork Cottage quilt shop about to close. It seems that Judith, the landlord everyone loves to hate, wants to raise the rent, despite being a quilter herself.

When Judith is found dead, the harmless gossip becomes as intricate patchwork of mischievous motives. And it’s up to Beatrice’s expert eye to decipher the pattern and catch the killer, before her life gets sewn up for good.






Saturday, April 22, 2017

Random Photo: Restored Prairie

Waiting to reawaken . . .  

Friday, April 21, 2017

Skywatch Friday 192



From April 07, 2017


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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Teaser Tuesday 357: Carnal Innocence

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week's teaser comes from an older single title rom-suspense by Nora Roberts, Carnal Innocence. This one had me guessing whodunit right up to the end.



The air was raw with February the morning Bobby Lee Fuller found the first body. They would say he found it, when in truth what he’d done was trip over what was left of Arnette Gantry. Either way, the end was the same, and Bobby Lee would live with wide white face floating into his dreams for a long time to come.

(Opening paragraph)





ABOUT THE BOOK:

Nora Roberts, bestselling author of The Reef and Genuine Lies, mixes scorching passion with icy suspense in her classic novel of murder and infatuation in a southern town now available in hardcover for the first time.

In the small town of Innocence, Mississippi, days are long, nights are fragrant, and secrets are hard to keep. But when a brutal killer starts claiming the lives of the town's most attractive women, lifelong neighbors are forced to wonder if the culprit is a stranger lurking in the bayou...or someone right next door.

World-famous concert violinist Caroline Waverly knows nothing of the murders when she arrives in Innocence. Burned out from a childhood lost to endless rehearsals and an all-too-public breakup with the conductor who was her lover, Caroline is looking for a little peace and some time to think. She hopes that a stay at her late grandmother's house the one with a covered porch just made for soft summer nights will provide the tranquillity she needs. But Innocence has something else to offer Caroline: a man named Tucker Longstreet.

Blessed with the Longstreet good looks, lazy charm, and family fortune, Tucker is a tall, cool drink of water and he knows it. He likes to keep his romances short and shallow. But one look at Caroline, and Tucker realizes that she is unlike any other woman he's met. Tightly coiled and coolly reserved, Caroline is determined to fight him off. She might be able to do a better job if she hadn't felt an unexpected thrill at his ardent advances...and if she hadn't been so scared after finding a third murder victim in the murky waters behind her home.

For Caroline Waverly,a beautiful summer interlude could turn into much more or could stir a killer's crazed dreams. Because there's just one small problem with her new romance: Tucker is the leading suspect in the killings.



Sunday, April 16, 2017

Hoppy Easter

Hoppy Easter!




Saturday, April 15, 2017

Easter Cards












Friday, April 14, 2017

Skywatch Friday 191



From March 24, 2017


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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Teaser Tuesday 356: Tempest in a Teapot

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week’s teaser is from Tempest in a Teapot by Amanda Cooper.


Thelma peered through the gloom, and watched her grandson Phillip tiptoeing through the dining room toward the storeroom door. He paused, glanced around, then slipped another key into the storeroom door’s lock and opened it.

(Chapter 3)









ABOUT THE BOOK:
Series: Teapot Collector #1


Tucked away in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York is the charming town of Gracious Grove, where time moves slowly, gossip spreads quickly, and the scones are to die for . . .

When her fashionable Manhattan restaurant goes under, Sophie Taylor retreats to her grandmother’s cozy shop, Auntie Rose’s Victorian Tea House, where serenity is steeped to perfection in one of her many antique teapots. The last thing Sophie expects is a bustling calendar of tearoom events, like her old friend Cissy Peterson’s upcoming bridal shower.

Not everyone is pleased with the bride-to-be’s choice of venue—like Cissy’s grandmother, who owns a competing establishment, La Belle Époque, and has held a long-simmering grudge against Rose for stealing her beau sixty years ago. Tensions reach a boiling point when Cissy’s fiancé’s mother dies while sampling scones at La Belle Époque. Now, to help her friend, Sophie will have to bag a killer before more of the guest list becomes a hit list . . .





Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Teaser Tuesday 355: Writing All Wrongs

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



My teaser for this week comes from Writing All Wrongs by Ellery Adams, which is set during an autumn festival on a fictional North Carolina island.


Haviland sniffed at a dozen different scents and didn’t seem too interested in any of them until he suddenly let out a sharp bark of alarm. Farther along the beach, Olivia spotted a figure lying in the sand.

(Chapter 7)







ABOUT THE BOOK:
Series: Books by the Bay #7

After Olivia and Chief Rawlings enjoy a brief honeymoon on Palmetto Island, they’re joined by the rest of the Bayside Book Writers for the Legends of Coastal Carolina Festival. The festival’s highlight is Silas Black, celebrity screenwriter and TV producer, who is currently working on a popular show in North Carolina.

As the Festival gets under way, a trickster seems to be bringing famous local ghost stories to life. But when the body of a woman close to Black is found on the beach, Olivia and her friends must deduce who on the island could resort to murder—before the sands of time run out for someone else . . .




Sunday, April 02, 2017

Friday, March 31, 2017

Skywatch Friday 190

From March 22, 2017 . . . .








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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Teaser Tuesday 354: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week I bring you a teaser from a classic by Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. I have wanted to read this one for a couple decades now -- ever since I read Les Misérables -- and have finally got round to it thanks to it being chosen the March Classic group read.


What he loved above all in this his maternal edifice, what most roused his soul, and made it open wide its poor pinions which kept it so miserably folded within its cavern, that which sometimes made him happy was the bells. He loved them, caressed them, talked to them, understood them.


(Book VI, Chapter 3)





ABOUT THE BOOK:

The story and characters in Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre-Dame have resonated with succeeding generations since its publication in 1831. It has tempted filmmakers, and most recently animators, who have exploited its dramatic content to good effect but have inevitably lost some of the grays that make the original text so compelling.

From Victor Hugo's flamboyant imagination came Quasimodo, the grotesque bell ringer; La Esmeralda, the sensuous gypsy dancer; and the haunted archdeacon Claude Frollo. Hugo set his epic tale in the Paris of 1482 under Louis XI and meticulously re-created the day-to-day life of its highest and lowest inhabitants. Written at a time of perennial political upheaval in France, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame is the product of an emerging democratic sensibility and prefigures the teeming masterpiece Les Misérables, which Hugo would write thirty years later.

He made the cathedral the centerpiece of the novel and called it Notre-Dame de Paris. (It received its popular English title at the time of its second translation in 1833.) Hugo wrote that his inspiration came from a carving of the word "fatality" in Greek that he had found in the cathedral. The inscription had been eradicated by the time the book was published, and Hugo feared that Notre-Dame's Gothic splendor might soon be lost to the contemporary fad for tearing down old buildings. Notre-Dame has survived as one of the great monuments of Paris, and Hugo's novel is a fitting celebration of it, a popular classic that is proving to be just as enduring.





Friday, March 24, 2017

Skywatch Friday 189



From March 14, 2017



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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wordless Wednesday 259: Fuzzy Faces



(Ziva and Lucy, pets of friends)




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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Teaser Tuesday 353: Dark Witch

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



My teaser for you this week comes from Dark Witch by Nora Roberts, the first book in her “Cousin O’Dwyer” series.


She flung out her arm, sent a raging funnel of wind through the fire.

It lifted the wolf off its feet, threw it up as it screamed in rage. And she hoped, in fear. It spun, claws lashing air as it bore him up and away.

(Chapter 12)






ABOUT THE BOOK:
Series: Cousin O'Dwyer #1


With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends.

Ireland.

County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations—and where her destiny awaits.

Iona arrives in Ireland with nothing but her Nan’s directions, an unfailingly optimistic attitude, and an innate talent with horses. Not far from the luxurious castle where she is spending a week, she finds her cousins, Branna and Connor O’Dwyer. And since family is family, they invite her into their home and their lives.

When Iona lands a job at the local stables, she meets the owner, Boyle McGrath. Cowboy, pirate, wild tribal horseman, he’s three of her biggest fantasy weaknesses all in one big, bold package.

Iona realizes that here she can make a home for herself—and live her life as she wants, even if that means falling head over heels for Boyle. But nothing is as it seems. An ancient evil has wound its way around Iona’s family tree and must be defeated. Family and friends will fight with each other and for each other to keep the promise of hope—and love—alive…